Excerpted From The Wall Street Journal
Hopefully someday companies invent a simpler way to control privacy on a smartphone. For now, if you care about
privacy, you’ll need to take some action. Here are five tips that can get you started
1. Password-protect your phone, and use encryption
If someone gets their hands on your phone, you can prevent them from reading its stored data (or at least slow
them down considerably) by putting a strong password on the phone and encrypting its contents.
Apple iPhones offer this by default once you set a passcode. Android phones require you to turn on encryption in
the settings, and the process takes about an hour to activate.
2. Choose encrypted calling and chatting apps
Standard calls and text messages are easily tracked or intercepted. Instead, use encrypted conversation apps such
as Silent Text and Phone, Wickr, TextSecure, ChatSecure or Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage.
The challenge is that it takes two to tango: Both you and the person you are talking to need to be using the same
encrypted service to be covered.
3. Update your software religiously
Hackers and spies can take advantage of newly discovered loopholes and backdoors, especially if you don’t upgrade
your phone’s software frequently.
Apple pushes iOS updates directly to users. Google updates Android frequently, but users get updates slowly
because the updates must come through the handset maker or the carrier. Google’s own Nexus phones are the most
easily updated Android models.
4. Turn on a VPN in unsecure locations
If your phone is getting Internet access from an unusual or unsecure location, such as hotel Wi-Fi, spies could be
lurking. Mobile VPN services like Bitmask and Disconnect Secure Wireless can provide protection.
5. Get a second phone for super-sensitive work
The people who are most serious about privacy and security keep separate devices for work and play. The reason:
Phones are so inherently trackable, and so many apps are designed to share data even when you don’t realize it.
The more apps on board, the more risk of data spillage.
If you’ve got top-secret documents that you need to access on a phone, especially while traveling, restrain all
activity on that phone to just the necessities. Alas, that means no “Angry Birds.”
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